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encounter

[en′kau̇n·tər]
(physical chemistry)
A group of collisions, each of which consists of two molecules that collide without reacting and do not separate immediately because of the cage of surrounding molecules.

encounter

any meeting between two or more people in a face-to-face interaction. Everyday life is made up of a series of such interactions, some of them with persons we know well, but many others with people with whom we may have only a fleeting contact. Described by GOFFMAN (1961b,1967,1971) as situations of copresence, encounters involve SOCIAL ACTORS in ‘positionings’ of the body and knowledgeable attention to FACE WORK, creating and preserving the numerous, distinctive kinds of encounter that can be observed. See also FACE-TO-FACE INTERACTION, INTERACTION ORDER AND INTERACTION RITUAL.
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He chose a new and a tough spear, lest the wood of the former might have been strained in the previous encounters he had sustained.
In addition to the independent variables in Study One, banking service encounter satisfaction to overall service satisfaction will be examined.
However, stopping at that point will dilute the meaning of this encounter and miss a significant training principle: the perceptions and assumptions of the offender and the officer and how they affected the outcome of the situation.
City officials did not have statistics on the number of permitted ``sexual encounter establishments'' in Los Angeles.
Maria Hohn provides a fascinating study of the encounter between Germans and the American military in the rural West German state of the Rhineland-Palatinate during the 1950s.
Palmer's meticulously (if sometimes excessively) documented study aims "to understand the nature of the encounter between Irish and English under the press of the Elizabethan conquest and to reinsert Irish interlocutors into the discussion in a way that avoids replacing a colonial imbalance with a postcolonial one" (6).
Harman Multimedia's JBL Encounter employs a powerful amplified subwoofer, self-powered satellite speakers and an innovative center channel clip-on speaker for a truly astounding audio experience.
On average, a hospitalist practice will generate approximately $75 per encounter.
My second encounter with Bishop McKenzie was in Atlanta this summer where she was on tour promoting her latest book, Journey to the Well.
The four stages, which will be explored in this article, include preparation, encounter, adjustment, and stability.
If so, the current encounter with the Great Red Spot could be dramatic, notes planetary scientist Reta F.
Using industry standards, let's assume that an otolaryngologist has 225 patient encounters a week, including those for routine office visits, allergy shots, audiologic testing, and surgery.